At times it can be hard to tell if someone is a Grand Junction native. There are, however, a few telltale signs to watch for. Speaking as someone who was born here, I can spot these signs a mile away.
Grand Junction has a considerable mixture of locals and transplants. Barring any kind of accent, it's easy for someone to masquerade as a local.
Just like any other community in the world, we have local sayings and idioms which mean nothing to anyone not indigenous to the area. How do you know if someone truly reps Grand Junction? Here are a few cues to watch for.
They think "The Monument" is a statue
You know they're an out-of-towner when you see them walking around Main Street looking for "The Monument."
You tell them their car is out of "Blinker Juice" and they believe it
There must be a Grand Junction city ordinance preventing people from using their car's turn signals. Tell someone "Blinker Juice" is on sale at Napa Auto parts. If they fall for it, they're probably not from around here.
They wonder why we love Dirty Hippies so much
Have you ever observed a weird look on someone's face when you order a "Dirty Hippie"?
They actually wear hiking shoes and a backpack when walking local trails
If they're wearing proper hiking shoes on a Grand Junction trail, you can bet they're from out of town. There's a reason why we call it "Lunch Loop." This is the place people go to bike or hike on their one-hour lunch break. We were whatever we have on at work - dress shoes, high heels, tennis shoes, flip-flops, a suit, Burger King uniform, whatever...
They wear a coat in the winter
I was born and raised in Grand Junction, and I'm not entirely sure if I own such a thing. We don't wear coats around here. We might throw on a pullover, but that's only under extreme circumstances. Cars have heaters for a reason. We only have to freeze for five or six miles before those things heat up.